As the calendar turns to June, a sure sign of summer is Willie McCovey’s bat. Big Mac collected his third Player of the Month award during the month of June, his third in the last four seasons. But this particular June, McCovey was red-hot: a .406 average for the month, an on-base percentage of .516, and a slugging percentage of .781. Ruthian numbers to say the least. McCovey swatted 10 home runs and drove in 22 runners during June. His offensive production made a difference in the standings, too, as the Giants inched closer to the Cincinnati Reds by month’s end.
Over the American League, all of the talk is about the prodigious hitting of big Frank Howard. The dubbed “Capital Punisher” belted a whopping 15 clouts in June, and drove in 27 runners. His average was .309 for the month, and his slugging percentage was greater than McCovey: .798. Over half of Howard’s hits (29) in June left the ballpark! But, the power display failed to lift Ted Williams’ Senators in the standings board. The Senators won only 10 of 26 June contests, but the fans at RFK Stadium aren’t leaving until Frank’s final at-bat this season.